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Alan Murphy
Alan has lived in Barcelona since 1990. He has worked as a journalist for What's On in London, Elle and Time Out and at the press relations office of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. More recently, he has worked as a teacher, translator and linguistic consultant.

Madrid 2020 and the cult of the mega-event

Madrid 2020

A tale of three cities – Madrid, London, and Rio de Janeiro – and their tragic obsession with global sports blowouts.

June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

The tragic struggle of the loser on the Vespa

Alfredo Landa

The late Alfredo Landa was more than just a star of Spanish comic cinema – he represented a country’s national and generational frustrations.

May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, Spain News | Read More »

The Catalan spy game

La Camarga restaurant in Barcelona.

Claims that dozens of secret dossiers on Catalan politicians and their financial affairs are being circulated for sale to the highest bidder have provoked panic.

February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The next Spain

Spanish flag.

It’s by no means certain that the Spanish state set up in 1978 will survive to hold general elections in 2015. Could Mariano Rajoy’s government be the last ever?

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics | Read More »

Life and trials of the rebel colonel

Amadeo Martínez Inglés

Anti-royal campaigner, agit-prop performance artist, or simply a “nutcase and traitor”? Retired army officer Amadeo Martínez Inglés is many things to many people.

January 10th, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The ‘Spanishization’ crusade of José Ignacio Wert


The Spanish government claims its education reform is based on human rights and raising academic standards. But other motives become apparent in a law that seeks to roll back the use of Catalan in the northern region’s schools. This is the first article in a two-part series.

December 17th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

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